Lee County Biography

Levi P. Luckey

Private secretary to President Ulysses S. Grant was Levi P. Luckey of Dixon, only son of Zachariah H. Luckey, who built the Luckey wooden bridge across Rock River, dedicated in 1861. Mr. Luckey was born in 1842 and was appointed deputy county clerk by James A. Hawley immediately after he left school. E.B. Washburne, a member of congress, appointed him secretary to the committee of commerce in Washington.

Mr. Luckey's appointment as Grant's secretary was the President's first official act when he took office in 1869. Mr. Luckey resigned to take a job with the U.S. Coast Survey and was drowned with two others while inspecting lighthouses, when the Schooner Pharos sank off Mosquito Inlet, Fla. June 2, 1884

Dixon Evening Telegraph May 1, 1951

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